Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours = 60

  1. All counseling psychology students are required to complete a foundation of 45 hours as follows:

    PSYC 5308: Advanced Psychopathology
    PSYC 5312: Counseling Theories
    PSYC 5320: Advanced Study in Human Growth and Development
    COUN 5324: Cultural Diversity of Clients
    PSYC 5328: Issues & Professional Ethics
    PSYC 5330: Counseling Children and Adolescents
    COUN 5335: Career Counseling and Assessment
    PSYC 5340: Advanced Psychological Statistics and Design
    PSYC 5345: Group Processes
    PSYC 5384: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    PSYC 5368: Assessment of Personality
    PSYC 5392: Applied Counseling Practice
    PSYC 5393: Applied Therapy
    PSYC 5396: Supervised Practicum in Psychology
    PSYC 5398: Research Seminar

  2. Students who wish to complete the general program of study in counseling psychology may choose their remaining 15 hours from the graduate counseling and psychology courses.
  3. Students who choose the Couple and Family Specialization must include the following courses among their remaining 15 hours.

    COUN 5313: Family Counseling
    COUN 5315: Couples Counseling
    COUN 5318: Sexuality and Sex Therapy
    COUN 5321: Dynamics and Treatment of Family Violence
    3 elective hours with advisor approval

Sequence of Classes

The courses which should be taken first are comprised of basic general counseling courses that provide, in conjunction with the undergraduate prerequisite courses, the basis and foundation for the later applied courses. These courses for counseling psychology students include PSYC 5312 Counseling Theories, PSYC 5308 Advanced Psychopathology, PSYC 5328 Issues and Professional Ethics, PSYC 5340 Advanced Psychological Statistics and Design, PSYC 5384 Cognitive Behavior Therapy, PSYC 5320 Advanced Study in Human Growth and Development, PSYC 5345 Group Processes, and COUN 5324 Cultural Diversity of Clients.

The applied courses are more specialized clinical applications and should be taken after the basic courses are taken. A student's formal degree plan with specific courses should be completed and approved/signed by their Faculty Advisor and the Graduate Admissions Coordinator before 12 semester hours are completed. Students in counseling psychology must successfully complete (with a grade of B or higher) PSYC 5392 Applied Counseling Practice and PSYC 5393 Applied Therapy prior to enrollment in PSYC 5396 Supervised Practicum in Psychology.